Community Investment Professional

Community Investment Professional Extension Certificate   NEW!

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Community investment (CI) is a key business function for corporate Canada. An effective CI strategy aligns with a corporation’s business goals and positively contributes to the communities in which it operates.

When well designed and executed, a company’s CI strategy will effectively and efficiently promote its brand, inspire its employees and enhance the community. Community investment provides leadership, funding and resources to address social issues, environmental sustainability and cultural vitality.

  • Prepare for a career in the community sector
  • Learn to facilitate community prosperity through creative thinking and strategic actions
  • Provide leadership, funding and resources to address social issues, environmental sustainability and/or cultural vitality
  • Fill knowledge gaps in your community job or volunteer responsibilities
  • Complete the 4 required courses plus 1 optional course (75 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years

Required Courses

The Meaning and Purpose of Community Investment
Be introduced to the tools and processes to manage successful and effective community investment programs. Gain a broad overview of how community investment fits with related functions such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and shared values.

Subject code: XNPC 2010315 Hours. Fee: $389 
CRN 90748OnlineSept. 12- Oct. 14  

The Community Sector Landscape: Building Effective Partnerships
Explore the diverse landscape of Canada’s nonprofit and charitable organizations serving a range of issues important to Canadian society. Understand the potential for corporations and businesses to engage and invest in nonprofits in ways that are meaningful and reflective of best practice in corporate social responsibility and community investment.

Subject code: XNPC 2010215 Hours. Fee: $389
CRN 90736OnlineNov. 9- Dec. 14  

Designing a Community Investment Strategy
Learn how to evaluate business models and identify stages of community investment that explore design thinking, shared value and collaborative efforts. Identify strategies to address complex social issues and develop a framework for a CI program that will meet the objectives of multiple stakeholders.

Subject code: XNPC 2010015 Hours. Fee: $389 
CRN 90946OnlineSept. 15- Oct. 20  

Implementing a Community Investment Strategy
Gain a comprehensive overview of the theories and management tools necessary to implement community investment strategies in your organization. Develop the knowledge and management skills for dealing with complex organizational structures, varying stakeholder needs and changing landscapes. Enhance your personal CI insight, develop organizational strategies for implementing CI strategy, evaluate relevant tools, and manage for national and global contexts.

Subject code: XNPC 2010115 Hours. Fee: $389
CRN 90947OnlineNov. 15- Dec. 16  

 Optional Courses

Choose 1

Social Innovation and Change Making
Are you involved, or interested in becoming involved, in social change initiatives in the public , private or community sectors? Gain the foundational knowledge and begin to build a toolkit for mindful action that will be built upon through the remaining courses in this certificate program. you will be exposed to a brief history of social innovation and the seminal definitions, actively explore current issues and tensions locally and globally , and learn about the principles, mindsets, tools and practices they require to effect meaningful change. 

Subject code: XNPC 2020015 Hours. Fee: $389 
CRN 91061Online
2 classes
Oct. 23-28
Oct. 22 & 29


Marketing and Strategic Communications
Be introduced to contemporary marketing and strategic communication fundamentals. Examine key principles and concepts, and understand emerging tools and trends. Investigate the evolving role of today’s marketing professional. Topics include marketing strategy, branding, customer experience, digital and social media, content marketing, and Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC).

Subject code: XMKT 2000615 Hours. Fee: $409 
cCRN 905315 classesSept. 26- Oct. 5
Oct. 12

Mobilizing for Systems Change
 How do we challenge and change the systems that perpetuate social problems? Learn to use a systems thinking and systems leadership approach to address complex, entrenched challenges. You will be exposed to frameworks that aim to transform the conditions that led to the problems, and approaches that enhance resilience in these shifting systems. Through case studies and relevant examples, you will explore processes and practices , such as collective impact, stakeholder/ecosystem mapping, partnership brokering, and more. you will also be exposed to facilitation practices to enhance their own abilities to effectively engage diverse stakeholders in social change initiatives.

Subject code: XNPC 2020115 Hours. Fee: $389 
CRN 91062Online
2 classes
Nov. 19-Nov. 26
Nov. 19 & 26



Professional Business Presentations
Meet your personal and professional goals by acquiring tools and techniques for great presentations in this interactive course. More than simply public speaking, a business presentation calls upon your ability to work with ideas, audiovisual support, varied venues and diverse audiences to communicate a powerful and effective business message. Subject code: XVCO 10010.

Subject code: XVCO 1001015 Hours. Fee: $399 
CRN 906955 classesSept. 21- Oct. 196:30-9:30pmWed.

Negotiating with Integrity
Examine the concepts of negotiating with integrity and consider its application in the business community. Be introduced to the four-stage model of negotiation. (Note: This course is also a required course in the Managing Conflict in Today's Workplace Certificate of Completion)

Subject code: XCFR 2000415 Hours. Fee: $375 
cCRN 90432OnlineOct. 19 - Nov. 16  

Effective Facilitation for Managers and Leaders
In today’s organizations, effective facilitation skills are essential. Explore techniques and strategies to manage meetings and work sessions that are productive and reach desired outcomes. Gain insight into the role of the facilitator to identify objectives, manage participation and conflict, build trust and rapport, and develop action plans. Subject code: XMGD 10046

Subject code: XMGD 1004615 Hours. Fee: $420 
CRN 903102 classesSept. 22- & 238:30am-5pmThu. Fri.

Introduction to Voluntarism in the Nonprofit Sector
Find out how to plan an effective volunteer program, motivate volunteers, provide meaningful volunteer job development, and recruit, select and train volunteers. Subject code: XNPC 20011.

Subject code: XNPC 2001115 Hours. Fee: $329 
CRN 90189OnlineNov. 9 - Dec. 14  

 Fund Development and Corporate Philanthropy
Fundraising should be mutually beneficial for both the nonprofit and private sectors. From the nonprofit perspective, discuss how to raise funds. On the corporate side, discuss how to create funding programs.

Subject code: XNPC 2001515 Hours. Fee: $329 
CRN 90312OnlineNov. 9- Dec. 14  

 Strategic Sustainability and the Energy Industry
This course will deliver a high-level overview of sustainability and its three fundamentals pillars: Environment, Society, and Economics. We will consider sustainability from a systems perspective; particular foci of the course will include stakeholder relations and the energy industry within a strategic sustainability context. Beginning with seminal definitions of Sustainable Development, we will examine how views and approaches have  progressed, what tensions exist and how these approaches and tensions affect human life and the planet. Finally, we will consider what an energy futures transition might look like with consideration of balancing risks and rewards.

Subject code: XNPC 1000215 Hours. Fee: $329 
CRN 91051Online Oct. 17- Nov. 14  

Do Good, or Better - Measuring Social Impact
How do we know if our change efforts are having a meaningful impact? This is a critical question for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, policy makers, impact investors and the philanthropists alike. Using local and global examples, you will explore the evolving landscape of impact assessment and examine the applicability of current measurement frameworks to specific contexts and social change initiatives.

Subject code: XNPC 20202 Not offered this semester

Social Innovation Lab
Apply your newly acquired knowledge to a personally relevant social change initiative in this hands on capstone course. You will be supported with supplementary educational content and coaching relevant to your particular initiative, and a team of advisers will provide support and feedback to enhance the depth of impact.

Subject code: XNPC 20203 Not offered this semester



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403.440.6013 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB T3E 6K6

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